James Gunn reiterated today that there will definitely be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, but he may not return to direct.
In an interview with Complex, Gunn said Guardians of the Galaxy is a long commitment and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to spend the next three years of his life working on another installment.
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure,” Gunn said. “We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
Gunn wrapped production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 late last year and is currently promoting The Belko Experiment, a horror movie he wrote. Gunn also directed the first Guardians movie, and has been the franchise’s most avid fan on social media. The director added that while he isn’t sure if he’s going to be involved in the third movie, he is working with the Russo brothers to make sure the inclusion of the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War makes sense.
“I gave [the Russo brothers] tons of advice on how to direct the actors, talked to them a lot during the shooting, and talked to the actors a lot during the shooting to make sure that the Guardians are staying authentic.”
Marvel CEO Kevin Feige confirmed last year that while they weren’t looking past 2020 at what was on the feature-film schedule, Guardians 3 was definitely a priority. It’s unclear if all of the five main actors will be returning for the third installment.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will be released on May 5.